Weekend Passport: Playground mishaps, an Afro-Cuban tribute and Persian love emergencies

August 3, 2012

Gruesome Playground Injuries at Rasaka Theatre Company Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 4:00 p.m.; Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; Tickets $25, Senior Citizens $20, Students $15

Catch the last three performances of Rajiv Joseph's two-person play about a playground daredevil, a self-harming masochist, and 30 years of cuts, bruises and friendship between them. Steppenwolf graduates Mouzam Makkar and Tim Martin portray Kayleen and Doug, two star-crossed, screwed-up soulmates as they navigate life's injuries.

Rasaka Theatre Company bills itself as the "Midwest's first South Asian American ensemble," but according to Director Lavina Jadhwani this play is "the least South Asian thing we've done so far." Jadhwani pursued the rights to perform the play in Chicago after reading through it on the steps of her back porch and being moved by the “unusual, intimate friendship between two deeply flawed but deeply likable characters.”

Havana at Old Town School of Folk MusicSunday at 6:30 p.m.; 4545 N. Lincoln Ave; Tickets $15 

When Havana founder and bassist Richie Pillot died in May, the band lost its leader of 15 years, and the Afro-Cuban jazz scene in Chicago lost an influential musician and tireless promoter. On Sunday night, Pillot's band play a tribute to their leader, their first time playing together since playing at his wake earlier this year.

Two iterations of the band will perform, the most recent line-up of Havana, which played in residence every Tuesday night at Cafe Bolero, and a lineup of band members from the original group, now calling themselves "Havana Kings." Carlos Garcia, longtime timbalist for Havana, said that while playing the show would be a tough emotional experience, he looks forward to paying tribute to Chicago's "Afro-Jazz bootcamp leader," and promises to play "until they kick us out."

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires at Millenium ParkFriday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Harris Theatre, Millenium Park; Free

Spring might be a distant memory, and the promise of a cool fall seems months away, but you can at least experience the trip through nature's calendar in this weekend's free perfomance of Ástor Piazzolla's four tango compositions Estaciones Porteñas or Four Seasons

Violinist Chee-Yun performs with the Grant Park Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Kalmar in these free weekend showcases of Argentine and Spanish classical music. In addition to the Four Seasons set, selections of works by Alberto Ginastera and Manuel de Falla will be performed.

Mahmood Karimi-Hakak read Love Emergencies at The Book Cellar - Friday at 7:00 p.m.; 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.; Free

For an evening of cross-cultural poety reading and discussion, The Book Cellar is hosting Mahmood Karimi-Hakak and Bill Wolak as they discuss and read from their joint publication, Love Emergencies.